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Fall 2018
SOAR Information for Transfer Students

SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) is a comprehensive orientation program designed to support newly admitted transfer students transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All transfer students are required to complete two components of the University-required orientation and advising program:  An Online Pre-SOAR Program and a SOAR On-Campus Workshop. Details regarding the Online Pre-SOAR Program and attending a SOAR On-Campus Workshop will be emailed once you are formally admitted to CSULB and have submitted your CSULB Enrollment Deposit.

After competing the Online Pre-SOAR Program, most transfer students will participate in a college-specific SOAR workshop where you will meet with faculty advisors from your declared major department. You will also receive information on the topics of department-sponsored support resources, scholarships, internships/field work, and out-of-classroom requirements. All new undergraduate students are required to attend SOAR before registering for classes. View SOAR Information for Transfers.

Some majors or programs may also sponsor a mandatory orientation for new students. Read all University communications carefully and adhere to department/major regulations as your attendance at SOAR is a separate University requirement.

What To Do Before And After Attending Your SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop

The following is a list of important deadlines and responsibilities all transfer students must complete.

  1. Submit Admitted Student Reply and Enrollment Deposit by June 1 or within two weeks of receiving admission to CSULB. Use your MyCSULB account to accept admission and submit your deposit.
  2. Make Your SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop Reservation  – login to MyCSULB via Single Sign-On. After entering your Beach ID number and password, click on MyCSULB icon. You will then be directed to another link where you can make your workshop reservation. Pay your SOAR fee and any outstanding balances 10 days prior to attending your workshop.
  3. Complete the Online Pre-SOAR Program – login via Single Sign-On. After entering your Beach ID number and password, click on the BeachBoard icon. Under My Courses, click on Online Pre-SOAR Program to get started with the program. Be sure to complete this online program within a week prior to your schedule on-campus workshop.
  4. The University strongly encourages incoming transfer students to attempt the the Spring/Summer 2018 Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement Placement Examination (GPE), which will help with your placement in appropriate upper-division Capstones. Visit Testing & Evaluation for registration and exam information.
  5. Bring with you to your SOAR Workshop the following items: A photo identification (driver’s license, state issued ID, passport, high school ID, or community college ID); your Virtual Parking Permit (purchase permit online at least two days prior to your workshop); and (if possible) a laptop or tablet with Internet capability – you will use this to register for classes.
  6. Send your final official transcripts to CSULB's Enrollment Services by July 15. This includes all college credit earned at any university and/or community college. Please be advised that General Education (GE) Certification is not the same as earning an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a a California Community College - speak with your community college counselor to verify GE certification or request certification
  7. Pay fees by designated deadline listed on your MyCSULB account. Pay via MyCSULB or visit Enrollment Services for payment options. Students who have accepted a Financial Aid award may have deferred fees.  Please visit the Finances section found in the Student Center page of your MyCSULB account to view your amount due and deadlines.
  8. Pay for your one-day, virtual parking permit. Visit CSULB Online Parking Services to purchase a virtual permit prior to arriving for your Transfer Workshop – you will need your Beach ID number, MyCSULB password, car’s license plate, and car’s make/model to complete this transaction. If you do not purchase a virtual permit prior to arriving for SOAR, you may purchase a one-day permit at one of the parking pay stations located in parking lots G6 and G4.
  9. The Degree Planner is an online advising tool that allows undergraduate students to map their entire academic path to graduation. Incoming transfer students are encouraged to review the degree planner in preparation for your advising session at SOAR. Simply log in to MyCSULB, then click on Degree Planner which is located in your Student Center.
  10. Update and keep current your contact information on MyCSULB. It is important for you to update your personal telephone numbers and email accounts so that CSULB can send you notices regarding critical information and upcoming deadlines along with keeping in contact with you in the event that an emergency occurs.
  11. Welcome Back to The Beach! First day of classes is Monday, August 27, 2018.

What is the Online Pre-SOAR Program?

The Online Pre-SOAR Program introduces our campus community and your responsibilities as a community member, as well as resources and services to help you maintain a well-balanced life.  SOAR hopes by presenting these key topics you will have a better understanding of the University’s inclusive excellence, expectations of its community members, and how it supports your individual growth.

Transfer students must complete this online program prior to attending your SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop. Details regarding the online program will be emailed once you are formally admitted to the University and have submitted your CSULB Enrollment Deposit.

What Happens During the SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop?

SOAR provides you an orientation to life at The Beach and introduction to University academic requirements. You receive some gifts and a lunch with your paid SOAR fee. Here’s what to expect during the SOAR workshop:

  1. Participate in a workshop that introduces CSULB policies, responsibilities, and deadlines, as well as your remaining department and General Education requirements
  2. Meet with a department/college advisor who will answer your specific questions
  3. Receive assistance selecting and registering for first-semester courses using MyCSULB
  4. Learn about life at The Beach – student organizations, campus life, expectations, and 49er history & traditions
  5. Tour the campus with a current student who will identify key locations and campus resources designed to support your success at The Beach

When Can I Attend a SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop?

Transfer students participate in a full-day workshop that jumps right into the essential components of SOAR – campus tour, academic advising, and assistance with class selection and registration. You are required to attend the entire workshop, which begins at 8am and concludes by 5pm.

Summer Workshops: Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend a College-Specific Workshop where you will meet your department advisor who will introduce you to your declared major's academic requirements, while your college advising center representative will provide an overview of co-curricular expectations. A limited number of workshops are offered for each college, and space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Select Summer Workshops: Transfer students will attend an All Majors Workshop where you will meet with your assigned college advising center representatives who will introduce you to the academic requirements and co-curricular activities associated with your declared major.

Want to know which college your major falls under? Click on CSULB Degrees to view a list of all undergraduate majors/degrees and the college under which they are housed. .

College Abbreviations
CBA: College of Business
CHHS: College of Health & Human Services
CLA: College of Liberal Arts
CNSM: College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
COE: College of Engineering
COTA: College of the Arts
CEd: College of Education (Liberal Studies/Elementary Education)

Newly admitted transfer students can make workshop reservations through MyCSULB beginning Monday, April 9, 2018. Transfers should select the earliest workshop available based on your declared major.

A confirmation email with your assigned start time and check in location will be emailed to you prior to your scheduled workshop. Contact SOAR if you do not receive a confirmation email at least two (2) days prior to your scheduled workshop – call (562) 985-5515.

Why does my SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop take place so late in the year?
This is a common question SOAR gets from incoming transfer students. Hosting SOAR workshops in July/August and January allows Transfer Admissions to receive and process a majority of official transcripts, which then helps advisors place you in appropriate department and general education classes. Furthermore, most departments reserve classes for incoming transfer students attending SOAR in July and January – these classes are not available to continuing students. Students who attend SOAR transfer workshops are typically able to enroll in 13-16 units during their first semester at the University.

Fall 2018
SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshops

SOAR Transfer Workshop Schedule
Dates Workshop Description
All transfer students may attend this workshops

What Is The Cost?

There is a $62 fee for the SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop.  You must pay at the time you make your SOAR workshop reservation in order to guarantee your selected workshop date. Acceptable online forms of payment are e-check (no convenience fee) and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express with a 2.75% service charge).

The SOAR fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you have any questions or concerns about the SOAR fee, please call (562) 985-5515 or email

How Do I Make My SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop Reservation?

The first day to reserve your space for a SOAR Workshop is 9am on Monday, April 9, 2018. Reservations will continue to be accepted for a particular workshops as long as there is space available. The deadline to reserve your space for a SOAR workshop is Tuesday, July 3, 2018. New students who still need to make a workshop reservation after the deadline should contact SOAR for assistance. Call (562) 985-5515 or e-mail

Submit your Admitted Student Reply and required CSULB Enrollment Deposit prior to signing up for SOAR. Please note that the CSULB Enrollment Deposit is separate from the SOAR fee.

Space is limited per workshop date and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your SOAR workshop reservation at least three weeks prior to the date you select to receive your workshop confirmation and parking information.

Directions for making your SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop Reservation:

  1. Visit CSULB's Single Sign On web page to begin the process.
  2. Login to Single Sign On by using your University student ID number and password.
  3. Select the MyCSULB icon.
  4. Look under the My Menu header on the left side to see Student Center – click on this link.
  5. Look under the Admissions section located at the bottom of the page to see SOAR Sign Up – click on this link to view available on-campus workshops, select your preferred on-campus date, and submit your payment.
  6. Be sure to pay your SOAR fees at least 10 days prior to your scheduled on-campus workshop.
  7. If you have any problems accessing Single Sign On or MyCSULB, contact the Technology Service Desk at (562) 985-4959 or

What If I Already Attended a SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop?

If you have previously attended the University and are resuming your studies, you still may be required to attend SOAR. Students who have been away from the University for more than three years will be required to attend SOAR because of the changes to General Education, major requirements, and University policies.

If you have been away from the University for less than three years, you may voluntarily participate in SOAR to become re-acquainted with policies, procedures, and deadlines. If you completed SOAR and attended the University within the past three years, contact SOAR at (562) 985-5515 or to request an exemption from attending a second workshop. Your request will be reviewed by the Director and a decision made as quickly as possible. Please note that students who have been away from the University less than three years will be required to attend SOAR if significant changes to General Education and/or major requirements have occurred.


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